Comprehensive legislation to prevent, respond to and punish all forms of violence against women and girls is an essential first step to ending impunity. This module provides expert guidance on drafting, advocating for, implementing and monitoring national legislation. It provides step-by-step guidance, case studies of the most promising practices from diverse regions in the world and tools for implementation.
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Last update: September, 27 - 2013
Throughout this knowledge module, reference to certain provisions or sections of a piece of legislation, part of a legal judgment, or aspect of a practice does not imply that the legislation, judgment, or practice is considered in its entirety to be a good example or a promising practice.
Some of the laws cited herein may contain provisions which authorize the death penalty. In light of the United Nations General Assembly resolutions 62/149 and 63/168 calling for a moratorium on and ultimate abolition of capital punishment, the death penalty should not be included in sentencing provisions for crimes of violence against women and girls.